Posts Tagged ‘Healing’

How Pope Francis is transforming Catholic-Muslim relations

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

When did the church commit itself to better relations between Muslims and Catholics? I suppose the church really committed to dialogue and positive engagement at the Second Vatican Council, with the famous declaration on the relationship of the church to non-Christian religions, “Nostra Aetate.” There’s a paragraph in there dedicated to Islam and opening up Read more

Healing from sexual violence: How friends and family can help

Monday, September 7th, 2020

Every 73 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S., which means it’s likely that you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence. Talking about sexual assault is hard. For many survivors, the reaction of the first person they disclose to, often a friend or family member can have a huge effect on their Read more

What Catholics should know about divorce

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
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There are so many lessons that someone going through a divorce needs to learn, but three of the most powerful (and difficult) lessons I’ve learned are these. The label “divorced” does not define a person. It’s an event that happened—terrible as it is—but it in no way is the sum total of who a person Read more

When you meet suffering, bring light

Monday, December 11th, 2017

In 2005 while undergoing chemotherapy, I was sitting in an uncomfortable recliner on the sixth floor of the medical facility. An IV dripped poison into my veins that would simultaneously cure me of the cancer in my body, and wreak havoc on it, sending waves of nausea, chills, malaise. The concoction did not discriminate between Read more

Archbishop Loy Chong visits village with healing water

Friday, November 11th, 2016

In August The Archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy Chong visited the village of Natadradave. While there he bathed his knee, which had been operated recently, the water. In Fiji hundreds of people have been flocking to the village in Dawasamu, Tailevu to be bathed under water that is said to contain miraculous healing qualities. Visitors Read more

Believing in miracles a health hazard?

Friday, October 7th, 2016

There are many moments – the loss of a job, finding out you have cancer, a child’s walk home from school in a dangerous neighbourhood – when faith in a loving God watching over you can provide comfort and hope, several studies have found. But are there times when too much control can be ceded Read more

Vatican’s abuse point man praises media role in NZ interview

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The priest dubbed the Vatican’s point man for clerical sexual abuse says the media did the Church a service by revealing abuse scandals. In an interview with the Sunday Star Times, American Msgr Robert Oliver praised the media’s role, echoing a tribute he paid early last year. “It’s hard for any group over time to Read more

Aussie archbishop says abuse victims are new missionaries

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Sex abuse victims who tell their stories are the new missionaries to the Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn says. In an interview with the Canberra Times, Archbishop Christopher Prowse said the Church is going through an “unprecedented crisis”. “There is so much shame, there is so much humiliation with the criminal acts Read more

Bill Subritzky to hold prayer meeting in Sacred Heart Cathedral

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Well know evangelist, and faith healer Bill Subritzky is to hold prayer meeting at Sacred Heart Cathedral, in Thorndon, Wellington New Zealand, this week. Sacred Heart parish priest James Lyons said Subritzky’s request to hold a meeting at the church was accepted because the power of prayer was indisputable. “He’s not saying, ‘I will cure Read more

Fiji Methodist Church seeks to heal rift

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Fiji’s  Methodist Church says it’s preparing itself for the future by trying to bring it’s two rival factions together. A rift in the Methodist Church from over two decades ago will be healed at the beginning of this year’s Methodist Church in Fiji annual conference. In the late 1980s, the tenure of then church president Read more